One of the problems faced by Indonesian government is food problem. The population is increasing, while there are many infrastructures development. Hence, the food production is decreasing. Vice Dean I Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM), Dr.Widayat, M.M stated that food security issue appears in the midst of the rapidity of development of the nation. The policies made by the government are considered to be incentivized. That is why, food issue is still debatable.
Widayat said, “As the next generation of the nation, we have to change that orientation in order to be able to increase food security that is not only focused on rice self-sufficiency”. Meanwhile, Prof. Dr. Laode Masihu Kamaludin M.Si who is a professor of FEB UMM explained that basically the earth can accommodate only 3 to 4 billion people. In fact, in 2017, the population of this earth has reached 8 billion. There are many buildings built. Guest Lecture held by Economic Development Studies in BAU Hall on Wednesday (2/5), there was an explanation about the problems faced by Indonesia such as the high dependence of Indonesia on imported products especially horticultural seeds and animal feed. Laode said, “Currently, main needs such as rice, beef, sugar, wheat, soybean, garlic, and salt must be imported”. The solution taken is developing villages in order to create prosperity for people by utilizing natural resources especially maritime and agrarian resources so that these agricultural products become the main industrial products in the community. Prof. Laode said, “A nation will never be independent if its food security still depends on other countries”. (lus)